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abcdreebok.jpg (4843 bytes)Class AAA, Region 7, District 15
Record: 13-1 (2-0)
  Principal Susan Vaughn  Shelby County
7900 East Shelby Drive
Memphis, TN 38125
 

 

 

 

 

 

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       SOUTHWIND 2009-2010                                                      

     The third year high school will have seniors on it's basketball team for the first time in it's history. Coach Paul Edwards, former Southwind Middle coach who recorded 5 straight state middle championships and a 78 game winning streak has summative probably the deepest team in Division AAA. A lot of people will argue but the Jaguars will be a force to reckon with during the season and especially postseason with a trip to Murfreesboro a reality. This team has all the parts with size in freshman Jonathan Williams (6'9 - 200 lbs. diamond in the rough) and sophomore Charles Smith (6'8 - 200 lbs. diamond in the rough). One of the best guards and scorer in the city in junior Darius Page (6'0 - 175 lbs. diamond in the rough) to go along with his brother one of the best defenders in the city in Derious Page (5'10 - 180 lbs. diamond in the rough) will have a solid backcourt. Southwind has some of the best seniors in the city, to start with Darren Gray (6'5 - 200 lbs. diamond in the rough) is a very versatile player that can score from anywhere on the court. High flying seniors Walter Davis (6'4 - 185 lbs. diamond in the rough) and Donovan Humphries (6'3 - 180 lbs. diamond in the rough), both of these kids can jump out the gym will contribute handily all season long.

      The Jaguars will participate in several tournaments and classics all season long to start with the the Sonic Thanksgiving Shootout in Martin, Tennessee playing Westview and Union City on the campus of UT Martin. December 4, 2009 they play White Station on ESPN in the Penny Hardaway Classic. December 19, 2009 they will play in the Chubby Andrews Classic in Memphis. Off they go to the Memphis - Atlanta Round Ball Christmas Classic in Atlanta, Georgia that boast some of the best talent in the country.

      Senior sharpshooter Nic Mason (6'1 - 175 lbs. diamond in the rough) and Denzell Hardy (6'0 - 180 lbs. diamond in the rough) will field one of the strongest rotations in the city. Junior Cordicon Sullivan (6'6 - 205 lbs. diamond in the rough) will notch major playing time. Only question for Southwind is will they be tough enough to answer the other Division AAA counterparts. Academic accolades go to Nic Mason and Walter Davis who are ranked in the Top 50 at Southwind High School

College Coaches: Diamond in the Rough Team with legitimate off the radar prospects, (college coaches click here).

 

Recap 11-20-2009

Players:

Montez Phifer 6'2 Senior
Darren Gray 6'4 Senior
Walter Davis 6'4 Senior
Nic Mason 6'1 Senior
Donovan Humphries 6'3 Senior
Darius Page 6'0 Junior
Derius Page 5'10 Junior
Denzell Hardy 6'0 Junior
Coricon Sullivan 6'6 Junior
Jonathan Williams 6'9 Freshman
Charles Smith 6'8 Sophomore
Jujuan Johnson 6'1 Sophomore
Al Bond 6'7 Sophomore
     
     
     
     

 

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Recap 8-25-2005

BY : ANDRE WHITEHEAD OF TENNESSEE PREP HOOPS

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I think there is a book that starts off that way, but I digress.

The anticipation of the upcoming AAU or summer campaign was alive and kicking all over the country in May of 2005, especially in Memphis.

The expectations seemed enormous, having finished second in the 17 and under nationals last season as 16's the Memphis YOMCA seemed primed for the ultimate run.

Something happened on the way to the gym.

It was apparent the Bluff City faithful were not the only parties interested in getting a piece of the star studded squad.

Adidas wanted to get a foothold in the ever burgeoning Memphis hoop scene and this seemed to be the initial move to start this particular ball
rolling.

So the YOMCA was no longer in the loop and the Memphis Pump-N-Run were officially born.

Taking a peek at the roster one could not blame Adidas for their bold move. Thaddeus Young, Willie Kemp, Wayne Chism, Pierre Niles and Brandon Powell made up a nucleus that would surely lead Team Memphis to the promised land.

The summer campaign started with a most interesting scenario as the "PNR" lost a game to the Mid-State Ballerz, who ironically had Willie Kemp running the show. This was an illusion that would soon change, as Kemp
shortly thereafter joined the PNR.

With all their ducks in a row, the PNR set out to establish themselves and put a benchmark on the national attention that would follow.

The Real Deal on the Hill, the first major tournament of the summer that coaches could attend. The pundits pined for the impending matchup between Team Memphis and the defending mythical goliath The Indy Spiece Heat. The Heat were led by the consensus top player in the class Greg Oden and numerous other high level prospects who could actually match the
PNR with name recognition.

The reputation was established and the aura of the PNR was created as the boys from Memphis soundly defeated the Heat and made a huge cry across the land as the best summer squad in existence.

Another funny thing happened on the way to their future endeavors, nothing.

For some inexplicable reason the PNR did not suit up for any of the Memorial Day festivities and was sparsely seen until the Adidas Super 64 in Atlanta, following the shoe camps.

The aforementioned players participated in various high level exposure camps and the three major shoe camps and kept their names on the tongues of coaches nationwide.

After achieving individual success at these various camps, the boys got back together with the purpose of putting the finishing touches on a grand and final run through the top programs the country had to offer. They added Ridgeway jumping jack Ernest Fields and ECS powerhouse Tim Johnson to the fold and things looked bright.

Once again a funny thing happened on the way to the gym.

The time off and the lack of continuity played havoc on the chemistry of the PNR and they bowed out early in Atlanta.

Heading to Las Vegas for the final big time event of the summer, the PNR seemed poised and ready to achieve. After dominating pool play the lack of chemistry once again reared it's ugly head and some resentment among the players seemed to end this summer campaign on a sour note.

This team had the potential to be one of the best of all time. It is truly unclear what precipitated these events that grounded this team for much of the latter portion of May and June, but it truly had it's effect on their success.

None the less these kids are part of the best class of seniors to dot the Tennessee landscape in many years.

The decision to completely disassociate themselves with the
organization that they grew up playing for in retrospect now seems like a mistake. The YOMCA will continue on with quality younger teams and what to make of the Adidas affiliation with the Bluff City at this juncture is
unclear.
 

BY : ANDRE WHITEHEAD OF TENNESSEE PREP HOOPS

 

 
 

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